When Tilda gave me this golden syrup pudding recipe for Episode 011, I was excited to try something new. However, I was also intimidated ! Considering we don't have golden syrup readily available in American (I got mine from Amazon), we don't boil our sponge cakes, and pudding is something that is sold by JELLO, this was totally foreign to me.
It took me two tries to make this. The first time, I peeked into the pudding basin and the top layer seemed spongy and cooked. But when I dumped out the pudding, it was still... well, it was still the consistency of an American pudding! The batter in the middle was completely unbaked. Now, why I didn't think I could check the pudding with a skewer, just like I would do with a baked dessert? I don't know. It's that lack of cool-headedness that is why I should never be a guest on any bakeoff, British or American! 😉
When I finally got over my fears of boiling a dessert and over my own silly mistakes, the dessert was - surprise - a beautiful golden color and absolutely delicious! I never had golden syrup before and it's really not a taste that I can describe. The texture is like corn syrup but the taste is much more flavored and satisfying. It has a depth to it, similar to the way a slice of smoked meat has a depth compared to a more simply cooked meat. The sponge is light and airy and soaks up all the golden deliciousness. While I may steam it in the oven the next time, I can honestly say that what began as an experiment for a podcast episode became a dessert I will absolutely remake.
Episodes Associated With This Recipe
Listen Here: Episode 011, Nanny's Syrup Sponge Pudding